[ em-bar-uhs-muhnt ]
/ ɛmˈbær əs mənt /


the state of being embarrassed; disconcertment; abashment.
an act or instance of embarrassing.
something that embarrasses.
an overwhelmingly excessive amount; overabundance: an embarrassment of riches.
the state of being in financial difficulties.
Medicine/Medical. impairment of functioning associated with disease: respiratory embarrassment.

Origin of embarrassment

From the French word embarrassement, dating back to 1670–80. See embarrass, -ment

OTHER WORDS FROM embarrassment

pre·em·bar·rass·ment, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for embarrassment

/ (ɪmˈbærəsmənt) /


the state of being embarrassed
something that embarrasses
a financial predicament
an excessive amount; superfluity
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